Friday, May 25, 2018

Poetry Friday: Pairing a Poem and a Book

Head over to Reflections on the Teche for this 
week's round-up of poetic goodness. Margaret Simon
is hosting this week. She kicks off our Friday fun
with a sonnet inspired by Molly's photo as part of a
recent geographic photo/poetry exchange.
Thanks, Margaret for hosting our gathering this week.

Sometimes the best laid plans get changed. And that's what happened to this Poetry Friday post. I had planned to share a book that I discovered last month in the poetry section at the middle school where I used to teach. But when I opened today's Poem-A-Day to  discover "My Love is Black" by DéLana R. A. Dameron, I knew I had to share this poem. Here are a few lines from the poem that juxtapose a lovely evening with ever present fear:

                       " ...But
here we are: walking
hand in hand
in our parkas down
the avenues & he pulls away
from me. I might be
in some dreamy place,
thinking of the roast chicken
we just had, the coconut peas
& rice he just cooked,
& how the food has filled
our bellies with delight. How
many times can I speak
about black men
& an officer enters the scene?

This poem immediately reminded me of Ghost Boys, a book by Jewell Parker Rhodes I recently finished that continues to stay with me. If you haven't read it, put it on your summer reading list and tuck this poem into the book.


  1. Wow....that is intense and powerful. I haven't gone back to some of the poems from the Daily Poem. I missed reading this one. So glad I can see it here. And, Ghost Boys, huh? I will have to take a look at that. Thank you.

  2. It makes me so upset that this happens. Yes, like Ghost boys, terrible. Thanks for changing your post and sharing this one, Ramona.

  3. A gripping and poignant poem ... Yes, it pairs with GHOST BOYS. I've been reading parts of THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS again, and viewing/reading Rena Finder's stories online ... Evil prevails where there is anger, fear, hatred, and indifference.

  4. I've heard so much about Ghost Boys. It's on reserve from the library as I write. This poem got to me, too. The way ordinary life is interrupted constantly by the fear of a police officer who makes assumptions and doesn't get enough information.

  5. Oh. This poem brought tears to my eyes. So powerful. Wow. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Thank you for sharing this powerful poem. Maybe, if enough of us speak up, we can change the injustice that still exists.

  7. Ramona, life is so uncertain but this poem punctuates the evils of bigotry. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Best laid plans... Here I am catching up on posts I should've read. I heard a podcast about Ghost Boys and have put it on my summer reading list. Thanks for posting this poem. Happy Summer!

  9. Such a powerfully strong poem–and what a horribly sad commentary on our times, thanks for sharing it and "
    Ghost Boys" too.